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With Bryce Drew on the sideline, Indiana native Bryant McIntosh has own NCAA tournament moment for Northwestern

With Bryce Drew on the sideline, Indiana native Bryant McIntosh has own NCAA tournament moment for Northwestern

SALT LAKE CITY — Bryant McIntosh looked over and saw Bryce Drew.

In 1998, Drew, now the Vanderbilt head coach, hit one of the most famous shots in NCAA tournament history, helping advance Valparaiso in an unbelievable March run.

Thursday, McIntosh, another one of Indiana's many basketball-playing sons, got his own NCAA tournament moment.

"I felt like my whole career I was destined to play in the NCAA tournament," McIntosh said after the game. "I felt like I had worked so hard that at some point the basketball gods were going to reward me."

McIntosh's moment will be less of a March highlight-reel staple for years to come, but he still got to walk off the court in Utah with the gigantic contingent of Northwestern faithful chanting "B-MAC! B-MAC!"

McIntosh scored a game-high 25 points and knocked down the game-winning free throw in Northwestern's 68-66 win over Vanderbilt, a win that advanced the Wildcats to the second round of their first-ever NCAA tournament.

He was exceptional throughout, and had it working on both ends of the floor. He turned in plenty of clutch plays, too, helping keep the Cats in front after the Commodores erased a 15-point second-half deficit. And once Vandy completely caught up and took a late lead, McIntosh hit one of the buckets that briefly put his team back ahead.

McIntosh also knocked down a pair of free throws after Vandy's Matthew Fisher-Davis inexplicably fouled him with 18 seconds left. The Commodores had the lead at the time, but McIntosh tied the game and then put Northwestern in front. For good.

"He was the best player on the floor," head coach Chris Collins said. "I thought he dominated the game. Whether he made a shot for himself, whether it was the way he ran our offense, the way he captained our defense. And that's what it takes this time of year. Your best players have to lead, and everybody else has to follow and do their part."

But even as Vandy had an opportunity for only a full-court heave with 1.4 seconds left, McIntosh wasn't done being nervous. After all, his fellow Hoosier was over there on the sideline.

"Being up one, up two, whatever it was with about a second to go," McIntosh said, "all I could think about was, 'Bryce Drew is on the sideline, and there's some basketball gods on the other end, too.'"

But the heave was well off the mark, and Northwestern captured its first NCAA tournament win ever. The Cats advanced to play Gonzaga in the second round on Saturday.

And you can bet McIntosh will be leading the way for Northwestern in that game, too. He's done it so often this season, stepping up his game in a big way when then-leading scorer Scottie Lindsey went down for four games with an illness. He was the Cats' leading scorer in eight of the team's final 10 regular-season games, and he's the team's leading scorer on the season now.

Oh, and he's doing his best to get into the act once "One Shining Moment" rolls around.

"He made some huge shots for us down the stretch, big free throws. He really carried us all game," Sanjay Lumpkin said. "For 40 minutes, he was the best player out there. That's what our point guard does. That's B-Mac. And he's had a lot of games like that.

"We're on a huge stage right now, and I’m just happy a lot of other people can see that."

Big Ten to play conference-only NCAA football schedule 'if able'

Big Ten to play conference-only NCAA football schedule 'if able'

The Big Ten announced on Thursday that they will not play any non-conference games this fall, if they’re able to play at all.

The move comes after the Ivy League cancelled all fall sports earlier in the week.

In the statement the Big Ten said, “By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic.

“In addition, the Conference announced that summer athletic activities will continue to be voluntary in all sports currently permitted to engage in such activities. Furthermore, Big Ten student-athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics at any time during the summer and/or the 2020-21 academic year due to concerns about COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarship honored by their institution and will remain in good standing with their team.”

The Big Ten also said they’re prepared to cancel their fall sports entirely, if needed to ensure the health and safety of student-athletes.

This all leads to more questions as to how the Big Ten schedule will ultimately take shape. For instance, the first three games on the University of Illinois’s schedule are all non-conference games. Will more in-conference games be scheduled to replace them, or will the Fighting Illini simply begin their season on Oct. 3 with their first conference game against Rutgers?

All of that remains to be seen, as the conference said more details regarding the conference-only schedule will be released later.

RELATED: Northwestern football will not host Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field

Northwestern football will not host Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field

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Northwestern football will not host Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field

Northwestern football will no longer host their game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field. The university announced the decision on Wednesday.

The Wildcats were supposed to play the Badgers at the Friendly Confines on Nov. 7. Although the university didn’t officially announce it, team's website says the game will be played at Ryan Field.

“This is a disappointing conclusion to reach, but absolutely the right one in our current environment,” said Jim Phillips, Northwestern’s Combe Family Vice President for Athletics and Recreation. “The uncertainty of football and baseball schedules, and the possibility of limited attendance, made this an easy choice to make for our student-athletes and fans.

“We’re grateful for our outstanding partners from the Cubs, and look forward to bringing the passion and pageantry of college football gameday to the city’s north side when we can do so safely and securely with a packed house.”

Northwestern initially brought college football back to Wrigley in 2010. Previously the last college football game at Wrigley was played in 1938. Since then, Northwestern has hosted both lacrosse and baseball games at Clark and Addison.

The university is still on track to kick off their season on Sept. 5 at Michigan State.

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